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What Should You Know About Fatal Occupational Injuries?

Posted on October 29, 2014 by Allison & Ward

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released a preliminary report on fatal work-related injuries for 2013. This information will be helpful in making industries safer for workers. Below, the BLS provides some of the key findings for worker fatalities in the U.S. for 2013: There were 4,405 fatal work injuries, which is lower than the 4,628 fatalities that were recorded in 2012. 3,929 fatal injuries occurred in private industry. Hispanics or Latinos saw a 7 percent increase in worker deaths (797 deaths). 734 deaths involved contractors, which is 17 percent of the total number of fatalities. There are only five deaths of workers under the age of 16. Work-related suicides increased by 8 percent. One out of every six fatalities was due to workplace violence. Self-employed workers accounted for 892 deaths. What Type of Incidents Led to Worker Deaths in 2013?  The BLS broke down the type of incidents that…
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How Many Passenger Vehicle Wrecks Involve Fatalities?

Posted on October 27, 2014 by Allison & Ward

Unfortunately, a fatal accident that occurred near the Travis-Burnet County line reveals how common it is to see passenger vehicle deaths. According to KXAN, a man driving a Saturn collided head on with a Dodge Ram truck. The driver of the Saturn was pronounced dead, and the driver of the Ram was sent to the hospital where he is expected to make a recovery. What Is a Passenger Vehicle? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) classifies a passenger vehicle as a vehicle weighing less than 10,000 pounds. This category consists of cars and light trucks (pickup trucks, vans, SUVs, etc). Passenger vehicles make up 90 percent of all registered vehicles on the roads in the United States. Below is more data on this vehicle category for 2012: Over 96 percent of police reported traffic crashes involved passenger vehicles. Of the 45,586 vehicle deaths in 2012, 35,346 involved passenger vehicles,…
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How Can Semis Become Safer?

Posted on October 24, 2014 by Allison & Ward

News of comedian Tracy Morgan’s horrific crash with an 18-wheeler has raised concerns of truck safety. Sadly, truck crashes have increased by 18 percent between 2009 and 2012. However, many companies are developing technology to help prevent truck accidents. How Much Do These Safety Technologies Cost? There are many proposals to mandate these safety technologies, but the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has been slow to approve them. Dozens of these life-saving innovations would cost just $500 to $2,500 to install on a rig. Is Truck Driver Fatigue a Problem? In an interview with Businessweek, Rob Molloy, the deputy director of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said, “Over and over, we’re seeing drivers who aren’t fit to drive because they’re fatigued (and) involved in accidents.” Although there are safety technologies that help prevent fatigued driving, people believe the trucking industry will not adopt them until they are required…
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